In the co-main event of UFC 223, which goes down on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York, former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will get a shot at redemption against the woman who ended her reign: Rose Namajunas. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the winner of this fight is then likely to take on fearsome contender Jessica Andrade.
Speaking to Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com this week, Andrade made her prediction for this anticipated strawweight title rematch.
“I can’t give you a definitive answer of who will win this fight because Joanna, we know she’s a tough, an incredible fighter, and has a fight style that is different than everyone else, but she had no time to show that against Namajunas. Who knows if she can do that now, and then it might get harder for Namajunas. But Namajunas also showed that she’s a superior fighter. She was very confident, connected good punches and Joanna felt it. Something happened in there and she couldn’t do anything anymore. This fight is tough to predict and know who will win.”
“Of course, I’m rooting for Namajunas,” Andrade clarified. “She’s an example of person as a champion, has represented the UFC well as a woman, so I’m rooting for Namajunas. But if Joanna wins, maybe I’ll have an opportunity to have my rematch. But if Namajunas wins, maybe they give the opportunity to Karolina [Kowalkiewicz], depending on what she does in her fight. They will fight at the same event, the same night, so it’s up in the air. Who will be next, [me] or Karolina? I’m hoping it’s me.”
When we last saw Jessica Andrade in action, she picked up a competitive decision win opposite long-time contender Tecia Torres. In her next most recent fight, she picked up the best win of her career thus far, a dominant decision defeat of former title challenger Claudia Gadelha.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/11/2018.